Traffic police lecture priests, nuns on new road signs

18Nov 2018
James Lanka
Guardian On Sunday
Traffic police lecture priests, nuns on new road signs

In a move that aims at cutting down the rate of accidents claimed to be caused by reckless drivers, the Regional Police Traffic Office in Kilimanjaro region in collaboration with the Wide Institute of Driving has provided two weeks driving and traffic regulations training to more than 200 clerics,-

including priests and nuns from the Moshi Catholic Diocese.

Speaking during the official closing of the training, Assistant Inspector of Police Elias Mkuburo from the Kilimanjaro regional traffic unit, who represented the Regional Traffic Officer (RTO) Superintendent of Police (SP) Zauda Mohammed, said the training entailed modern driving skills, road safety and first aid skills.

He told participants that most roads accidents are caused by reckless driving who don’t abide by road use regulations, whereby 80 per cent of accidents are caused by reckless drivers, 12 per cent of them by mechanical problems with vehicles, six percent of road crashes arising from climate change, while only two percent arise from poor infrastructures.

“My appeal to all drivers and other road users is to abide by clearly indicated road signs and regulations to avoid unnecessary road accidents,” the traffic officer intoned.

Mkuburo said people don’t need to be afraid of police officers, instead they should work together as a team to avoid unnecessary road accidents, which is an extension of wider problem of crimes and criminals, for sustainable public safety.

For his part, the executive director of Wide Institute of Driving, Faustine Matina explained that there are new road signs like Deaf Sign, Disabled Sign among many others, appealing to drivers to participate in various road safety and vehicle users’ training events to be updated with new signs.

 “This is not the end. This driving school will continue providing various training initiatives on road safety, vehicles users’ guide training for sustainable road safety in our region,” he said.

Apart from providing such training to clerics in Moshi, the traffic unit has provided such training exercises to other institutions as a countrywide exercise.

Commenting on the pace of accidents, the Vicar General of Moshi Catholic Diocese Fr. Deogratius Matiika, explained that he has experienced higher survival rate in road mishaps compared with the situation in past years.

“This training comes at a right time as we learn new road regulations, new road signs among others that we didn’t know them before, despite that most of us here have more than 10 to 30 years experience in driving…” the cleric intoned.

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